Tuesday, November 24, 2015

BioChemicals & BioPolymers: Breadth of Raw Materials including Harmful Greenhouse GASES / WASTE(s);FEB 9-11

BioMass based POLYMERS, CHEMICALS and FUELS will be the theme at this event and you will get updated on how traditional as well as newer polymeric materials are being developed from renewable “BioMass”, various types of “Wastes” and “Greenhouse Gases” vs traditional PetroChemicals; thereby revolutionizing the Sustainability & Environmental landscape like never before.

More details @: http://www.BioplastConference.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Toray to Supply CF Prepreg to Boeing for Aircraft Production

Toray Industries, Inc. announced it has signed a comprehensive long-term agreement with The Boeing Company to supply carbon fiber TORAYCA® prepreg for the production of the new Boeing 777X aircraft, extending the existing supply agreement for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The new agreement extends the comprehensive agreement that was signed in November 2005 by more than 10 years from this year. The total value of prepreg Toray Group will supply for both 787 and 777X programs for the contract period is expected to exceed 1.3 trillion yen ($11 billion). 

Together with the extension, Toray has made a decision to invest approximately 50 billion yen in new construction of an integrated production line for yarn (precursor), high-performance carbon fiber TORAYCA® with an annual production capacity of 2,000 tons, and TORAYCA® prepreg in the new commercial premises it acquired in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. It represents the first phase of a planned 100 billion yen investment, as Toray seeks to expand its composite materials business in the U.S. The new facility will also be Toray’s first integrated production line for yarn (precursor), carbon fiber TORAYCA® and TORAYCA® prepreg in the U.S. 

Toray will commence production of yarn (precursor) in phases starting in May 2017, and plans to begin supplying TORAYCA® prepreg to Boeing in 2019, following certification. 

As for the 787, TORAYCA® prepreg has been used since the beginning for some of the primary structural materials, including the main wings and body. With Boeing planning to raise the number of 787 aircraft being produced every month from the current 10 planes to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade, and the ratio of larger models also expected to increase, the demand for carbon fiber composite materials also is expected to increase significantly. 

The 777X aircraft is a large-sized, twin-engine passenger aircraft currently being developed by Boeing as a successor to the existing 777, with a plan to deliver the first plane in 2020. With the conclusion of the agreement announced today, Toray’s TORAYCA® prepreg has been officially selected for these main wings. 

Preparing for the planned 787 production increase to 12 planes a month, Toray has already been working to expand TORAYCA® prepreg production facilities at its U.S. subsidiary, Toray Composites (America), Inc., in Tacoma, Washington, and the new facilities there are expected to start operation in January 2016. The integrated production line to be constructed in Spartanburg County, South Carolina is intended to meet growing demand generated by Boeing’s plan to increase production of 787 aircraft to 14 per month as well as the 777X program. The new facility will confidently position Toray to provide Boeing with a stable supply of products. 

Toray plans to expand the production facilities in Spartanburg County, South Carolina in phases, as shipments for the 787 and 777X aircraft grow. 

Toray is aiming to drive an exponential increase in aerospace applications in the composite materials business under its new medium-term management program Project AP-G 2016, which was launched in April 2014. Toray will continue to expand its infrastructure to ensure a stable supply of TORAYCA® prepreg in line with Boeing’s plan to increase output, while increasing the sophistication of its composite materials business in the U.S. as revenues grow. 

Source: Toray 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Perstorp Introduces Bio-based Renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics

Perstorp introduces renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics, the world’s first of its kind. This is a concept which builds on the Capa™ Lactide technology, which enables a high renewable content in combination with vast opportunities to develop products with optimized performance for different bioplastic applications. 

There is a strong trend towards sustainability and renewable material in the world. 1 Million plastic bags are used per minute throughout the year. Many of them end up in nature and stay there. By using Perstorp’s renewable Capa™ for Bioplastics those bags will biodegrade. 

“The challenge on the market has been to combine performance and biodegradability of the end application. With our renewable Capa™ concept we are redrawing the map by enabling products with high performing properties without compromising sustainability”, says Linda Zellner, Project Manager for Bioplastics. The renewable Capa™ concept enables freedom to design polymers that are flexible or hard, transparent or crystalline, tough or rigid and with a targeted melting point and polarity. Market indications show that these products are likely to deliver what many customers are looking for in terms of bio-based content and performance. Renewable Capa™ has been evaluated both in terms of compostability and bio-based content and is also certified as bio-based by the independent Belgian certification body Vinçotte. 

“This is a major milestone in delivering breakthrough technology to this important market for Perstorp,” says Marie Grönborg, Executive Vice President, Business Area Specialties & Solutions. “With this technology our customers can create solutions to keep a step ahead of the competition. We believe in the dynamic bioplastic market which still is young, fast growing and is looking for new innovations. With an annual estimated growth of 20% (European Bioplastics 2015), this is an exciting market for us to be in”, Marie Grönborg continues. 

Perstorp will continue to focus its efforts on three fast-growing bioplastic segments – paper coatings, bags and films, and packaging. It is already well established that Capa™ for Bioplastics is a biopolymer enhancer that offer stability and compatibility, improved mechanical properties, flexibility at low temperatures, and biodegradability. This effort is supported by Perstorp’s full industrial production and pilot facilities in Warrington, U.K. and its modern Swedish innovation center in Perstorp, for bioplastic formulations. 

Source: Perstorp 

ELIX Polymers Unveils NF-reinforced ABS Composite Apposite for 3D Printing

ELIX Polymers, among the leading specialists in ABS high performance materials, has introduced a new generation of natural fiber reinforced ABS. New ELIX ECO ABS-NF thermoplastic is highly suited for injection molding applications and specific extrusion processes, delivering a high aesthetical value to the final ABS-NF molded parts. Market applications include automotive and furniture markets. 

ELIX ECO ABS-NF can be processed without having to modify machines and offers a number of key benefits. These include high stiffness, heat resistance, low molding shrinkage ratios, low emissions and weight reduction when compared to glass fiber reinforced ABS. For example, ELIX ECO ABS-NF has a density of 1.12 compared to 1.15 for ABS-GF. The material has been also tested for 3D printing technology with impressive results, both in terms of processability and aesthetics. 

The development of ELIX Natural Fiber Reinforced ABS was undertaken under the auspices of the EEA and Norway Grants. This was the first time that a European ABS producer was given a European Grant for a project to investigate new sustainable ABS materials and composites. 

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants (eeagrants.org) represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. 

Introducing the new generation ABS polymer composite, David Castañeda, Operations Director and responsible for new products and Business Development, said: “We believe that this new material offers a range of sustainability benefits that meet current industry trends. At the same time, it underlines ELIX Polymers’ commitment to the establishment of a more environmentally sustainable product portfolio and establishes our company’s position as a leading supplier of eco-friendly ABS materials.” 

David Castañeda added: “The introduction of this new generation material fully fits our key objective: to expand the company’s portfolio of materials for eco-friendly manufacturing, greater sustainability and health impact awareness.” 

Source: ELIX Polymers